Title

Los Henequen: en busca de un nuevo mundo

Subject Area

Minorities and Multicultural Issues

Abstract

Abstract.

Koreans came to Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century, specifically in the year of 1905 to work as day laborers at the haciendas located in the Yucatan Peninsula. Upon arrival to Mexico, they been exposed to harsh conditions of life and work and all possibilities of social life and mobility and schooling were practically null. The migratory modality with which they arrived as well as the characteristics of this immigration, such as geographic dispersion - first within the state and then throughout the country, including abroad - the lack of Korean women and the absence of an authentic migratory chain were some of the aspects that caused a rapid cultural assimilation in which highlights, above all, miscegenation.

In this study, the account shows some of the families descended from Koreans living or living in the municipality of Motul, where the individualized journey define success or economic difficulties did not occur within an organized community.

The migration that arrived at the beginning of the 20th century did not manage to build a social capital or social networks that would represent effective bonds of solidarity and mutual support that would allow them a social and economic mobility rising from the first generation. Those that eventually managed to capitalize were thanks to the fact that they were able to abandon the work of the field and settled in an urban environment, but this definitely does not constitute a generality for the descendants of Koreans in Yucatan, as there are still many in the field, dedicated to agricultural work.

*Presentation will be in Spanish

Brief Bio Note

Dr. Choi grew up and studied in South Korea, Spain, Argentina and in several different Hispanic countries and the United States. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business, a Master's degree in Spanish from Kansas State University and a Ph.D in Spanish from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She have taught at Troy University, Huntington University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska and several places abroad.

Keywords

Inmigracion, aculturalizacion, nuevas oportunidades

Presentation Year

October 2020

Start Date

10-23-2020 9:30 AM

End Date

10-23-2020 10:10 AM

Embargo

9-9-2020

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Oct 23rd, 9:30 AM Oct 23rd, 10:10 AM

Los Henequen: en busca de un nuevo mundo

Abstract.

Koreans came to Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century, specifically in the year of 1905 to work as day laborers at the haciendas located in the Yucatan Peninsula. Upon arrival to Mexico, they been exposed to harsh conditions of life and work and all possibilities of social life and mobility and schooling were practically null. The migratory modality with which they arrived as well as the characteristics of this immigration, such as geographic dispersion - first within the state and then throughout the country, including abroad - the lack of Korean women and the absence of an authentic migratory chain were some of the aspects that caused a rapid cultural assimilation in which highlights, above all, miscegenation.

In this study, the account shows some of the families descended from Koreans living or living in the municipality of Motul, where the individualized journey define success or economic difficulties did not occur within an organized community.

The migration that arrived at the beginning of the 20th century did not manage to build a social capital or social networks that would represent effective bonds of solidarity and mutual support that would allow them a social and economic mobility rising from the first generation. Those that eventually managed to capitalize were thanks to the fact that they were able to abandon the work of the field and settled in an urban environment, but this definitely does not constitute a generality for the descendants of Koreans in Yucatan, as there are still many in the field, dedicated to agricultural work.

*Presentation will be in Spanish